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The Photography Handbook, 3rd Edition by Terence Wright

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CHAPTER 6

The documentary photograph

Documentary photographers are still faithful to the notion of a truth, although maybe not the truth, and still pledge an allegiance to the idea that photographs can and should be rooted in the moment, not directed, not staged, and not manipulated.

(Bogre 2011: 3)

THE PHOTOGRAPH AS A DOCUMENT

In view of the argument regarding the nature of photographic representation developed in earlier chapters – that the photograph is subject to the photographer’s selection of subject, framing, lens and personal regard for the subject, as well as the institutional and broader historical or cultural context – what do we mean if we describe the photographic record as ‘documentary’?

According to the Oxford English Dictionary ...

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